Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite names in film. Is it yours, too? His love for directing and writing for film writing did not come as a child, but rather as a young adult. He was ecstatic about the idea of being in the movie industry although a lot of people regret his presence.
Quentin Jerome, you may be surprised to know, was born in Knoxville in 1963 [March 27], however, you may have heard of his father, Tony Tarantino.
Tony was multi-talented as he was an actor as well as a musician, but he split before Quentin was born. His mother, Connie, part Irish and Cherokee, was a nurse and a native of Tennessee.
Quentin Tarantino and his mother moved to Torrance (CA) when he was at the tender age of four. Well, when he was old enough to get a job, he started out in a video store. He loved movies and especially those starring John Wayne.
The Makings of Super Film Director, Quentin Tarantino
Quentin would rather watch films rather than go to school, but then, who wouldn’t. He was working at the video store (Video Archives) in Manhattan Beach, CA where he met his writing partner, Roger Avary.
It was also then when he found the time to write scripts for True Romance and my personal favorite, Natural Born Killers. The beginnings of Tarantino’s longstanding achievements was his work on a screenplay called My Best Friend’s Birthday.
That play had a terrific spin-off as it opened up a place for True Romance. By 1992, he received honorable recognition for his directorship in Reservoir Dogs at the Sundance Film Festival. This achievement set the tone for what was to come of Quentin’s future in the industry.
A couple of years later (1994), Quentin followed up with Pulp Fiction [starring John Travolta, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L Jackson] at the Cannes film festival.
For that, Quentin Tarantino won the ultimate prize, the Palme d’Or Award and received Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in ’95.
In fact, he and Roger Avary had a close friendship for a long time. They won the only award given for Best Original Screenplay. The film received much success at the box office in the US, earning as much as $108 million.
Even with the success of the film, Roger and Tarantino had a disagreement over the film’s credits. This would lead to a troubled relationship between the two.
It was apparent to many Tarantino’s tempers was an issue. It wasn’t just Avary that he fought with. He got into it with Oliver Stone when making Natural Born Killers. Stone insisted that he made the movie better but Tarantino wasn’t trying to hear that.
It got so bad that he was in an altercation with one of the producers of the movie at a restaurant located in LA. That didn’t stop him though. In 1996, From Dusk Till Dawn aired. It was a vampire film – crime story that co-starred George Clooney.
It did okay, but it didn’t receive as much notoriety as they had hoped.
Now Quentin Tarantino is Killing It!
The Kill Bill Series in 2003 and 2004 was the start of great things and an excellent year for nominations for Tarantino. There are a few things that set Quentin for the rest and that is –
- Quentin used actors that have been ‘forgotten’ in his movies such as John Travolta and David Carradine
- He features a restaurant scene
- The films are almost always set in California
It wasn’t until 2012 Quentin Tarantino broke records. He used one hot comedian/actor that didn’t need a comeback and it was a smash! The film Django Unchained starring Jamie Foxx killed it. The box office earned over $425 million dollars for that film.
The movie won an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Original Screenplay and numerous Oscar nominations. The Hateful Eight (2015) snagged the director Golden Globe nominations. The collaboration featured Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Samuel L Jackson.
Although Tarantino is known for violence in his films [My Bloody Valentine is his favorite killer movie], he despises cruelty to animals.
Time for Quentin Tarantino
Quentin is single, but has gotten himself engaged! Oh yeah. Never thought that would happen but I don’t think he has any children. At 55, it’s kind of late for that although it’s not impossible.
This is a choice for him. He plans to put more focus on writing when he retires. His ideal retirement age is 60.
With that said, Quentin is planning to release his ninth film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” soon! This is big news but he’s busy with his hands in a few projects currently at Paramount. His name has been tossed around a lot to but it hasn’t been favorable for relationships or headlines.
In addition to the latest updates, Harvey Weinstein or Harvey’s brother, Bob will not be involved with this film. This is a first, but given the drama, who’s surprised? Yeah, no, not me. The movie will reveal some interesting aspects of the murders surrounding the Mason family.
I’m excited about it. Can’t wait until August 9, 2019. They start shooting this summer, though. The word is Quentin Tarantino is holding on to the idea of retirement so he has one more film to produce. I know it’s going to be epic.
Kale Whorton (March 2015) Quentin Tarantino Biography. Retrieved fromhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000233 /bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
Quentin Tarantino Bio. (March 2015) Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quentin_Tarantino